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Affordable housing shortage hurts town in different ways

December 29, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—Data is always tricky. It can be manipulated and exaggerated. But recent data it is worth looking into especially considering you are the one paying for the Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau released five-year American Community Survey (ACS) whose estimates and data confirm a persistent housing affordability crisis for Rhode Islanders. HousingWorks RI, a Providence-based non-profit that analyzes housing data, has analyzed data that indicates that Rhode Island is the most housing cost-burdened state in New England.

DEM says foreign trawlers don’t over-fish

December 28, 2010

NARRAGANSETT– According to Department of Environmental Management marine biologists, Atlantic herring have arrived in RI state waters this December, as expected. Commercial fishing for herring has been traditionally pursued by local vessels. However, this fishery is also being targeted opportunistically by mid-water pair trawl vessels from other states, particularly when northern herring management areas are closed once allowable quotas have been harvested.

Tiered diploma system among topics of upcoming open forum with Deborah Gist

December 27, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—Deborah Gist, Commissioner of Rhode Island’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will be visiting Pier Middle School on Jan. 6 and will hold an open forum at Narragansett High School for the public as well as a meeting with the Board of Regents. She will meet with the public at Narragansett High School from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will hold a forum. She will facilitate a discussion of a recent proposal to institute a tiered diploma system for secondary school graduates which would take into account the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test.

Festival of Lights stirs the Christmas spirit

December 27, 2010

ATTLEBORO – It was a Christmas winter wonderland as more than 300,000 colored lights illuminating over 10 acres. I made my way through the winding paths of twinkling lights through the hanging tree branches leading to the story of Saint Nicholas and the birth of Jesus Christ. As part of my holiday tradition every year, I was visiting the Festival of Lights at La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Mass.

IMPORTANT: South County Hospital schedule for December 27

December 27, 2010

South County Hospital is open and operating as normal today (Monday, December 27), with the following exceptions:

. Cardiac Rehab is closed

. Wound Care Center is closed

. Wave Van transportation is cancelled

. Cardiac Cath Lab procedures are cancelled

Now’s the time to consider joining Fresh Air Fund

December 23, 2010

NARRAGANSETT – Each summer since 2008 Denis and Anne Martin have welcomed a child from Brooklyn, N.Y. as a part of the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that offers inner-city kids the joy of summer vacation
Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the friendly town program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. Children are selected to participate in the Fresh Air Fund’s programs based on financial need. Fresh Air youngsters are registered by more than 90 social service and community organizations in all five boroughs of New York City.

Shelling out for oyster beds

December 23, 2010

CHARLESTOWN–Next time you shuck a shell at an icy oyster bar, make sure you ask where the leftovers are being dumped. Rhode Island's Nature Conservancy has received $46,000 in funds to recycle shells and restore the oyster population off of Charlestown's water. Your discarded bivalve can help.

Work on SK budget underway

December 23, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town council and school committee met Monday night for the start of the budget talks, where they hashed out the details and held a public discussion. The meeting was held to solicit comments from the public relating to the goals and objectives of the development of the 2011 to 2012 municipal and school budgets.

Galilee Advisory Committee elects leaders

December 22, 2010

NARRAGANSETT–The Galilee Advisory Committee elected new leadership at Tuesday's meeting. Kevin Kosko was elected Chairman, Bill Shepard was elected Vice Chairman, and Barry Keinard was elected secretary.

SK withdraws membership from SORICO

December 21, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With SORICO becoming a hibernated group and with a potential liability with selling the group's building on Camp Avenue in North Kingstown, the South Kingstown school committee regrettably withdrew its membership from the Southern Rhode Island education and training center at Tuesday night's meeting.

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